For most homeowners, it can seem like the list of home improvements is neverending. You may struggle to prioritize what things should be done immediately and what can be put off for a year or two. Ignoring important maintenance can cause damage to your home and cost you hundreds of dollars each year.
Windows are one of the most important replacements you can make as a homeowner but, unfortunately, they tend to be ignored unless they are broken. Included here are a few reasons why replacing your windows could save you money in the long run.
Lowered Energy Costs
With the rising costs of heating and cooling, you may be looking for ways to conserve. While some people simply try to exist in frigid winter temps and a hot house in summer, there are better ways of maintaining home comfort and saving money. All openings of the home are susceptible to energy loss, and should be updated to prevent it.
While losing energy through your windows is not a visible problem (like the gap under the door), it is actually where most of your heating and cooling energy is going out. Single pane windows are not insulating your home well and can cause significant energy loss amounting to hundreds of dollars worth of heating and cooling costs each year. Replacing your windows could significantly drop your energy costs and allow you to keep your home at a more comfortable temperature.
Before you go and invest in expensive alarm systems or new locks to improve home safety, take a good look at your windows. Windows are one of the main ways burglars gain access to your home, and could be a staple for stopping them. Newer windows are more shatter-resistant and have improved locking mechanisms that make it more difficult for burglars to gain access. This could save you thousands of dollars in lost possessions and insurance claims.
Boosted Home Value
For those who are considering selling their home within a few years, home value is everything. You may be concerned about your house having curb appeal and improved value, but you only want to make improvements that are worthwhile for your family’s quality of life.
One of the best investments to make in your home can be to replace the windows. While it is wisest to do this if you still intend to live in the home for a few years, it will help boost your sale price (although, it may not give you full return on investment). Replacing windows will also help the appearance of your home, and curb appeal can raise or lower your home value by thousands.
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